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As the NHS continues to face workforce challenges, the attention this week has focused on how the recruitment of people from outside of the UK might look after the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Nursing Times recently reported on the findings of a Cochrane systematic review into the impact of nurses working as substitutes for primary care doctors.
Relaxing immigration rules is a start, but more work is needed to address workforce shortagesSubscription
Government plans to relax immigration rules for non-EU skilled workers, allowing more nurses and doctors into the UK, have come as welcome news this week.
Vacancy figures are no surprise, but at last provide undeniable evidence of a profession in crisisSubscription
One in 10 registered nurse posts in the NHS in England are vacant. That was the figure revealed in the latest quarterly update from NHS Improvement.
Are we taking mental health seriously enough?Subscription
In recent years, mental health has been a topic that has received increased coverage – not least due to changing attitudes and effective public campaigns aimed at removing the stigma surrounding the area.